Monday, September 20, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/24

Brian McFall, OF, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 72nd Overall (third round), 2003 Draft, Chandler-Gilbert CC (AZ)
Bats R/Throws R
Age 19, 6'3", 205 lbs

McFall was a real surprise selection in the third round. I honestly didn't know who he was. He wasn't on my board at all. McFall was a JuCo first baseman with a big swing. The Royals scout Arizona junior colleges pretty heavily though, and they thought that McFall would sign quickly and had great tools.

Cut to this season, McFall started the year on the Burlington Bees roster. They moved him to the outfield. He struggled a lot in the Midwest League, posting a .172/.270/.219 line in 53 games. He did show some good plate discipline, drawing 15 walks in 151 AB. But by and large, he couldn't figure out Lo-A pitching. So when the short season leagues started up their season, teh Royals demoted McFall, and he took off in the thin air of Idaho Falls. His line was pretty impressive. In 262 at bats, he hit .359/.432/.611 with 30 walks and 37 extra base hits. He also stole 23 bases while only getting caught twice. He was named a Pioneer League all star

He's a long way from the major leagues, but he looks good right now. It requires a lot of projection to see what kind of player he could be like. He needs to make the jump to full season fall next year, and he needs to maintain those secondary skills as he climbs through the Royals system.

ETA is 2008/2009. 2 1/2 stars solely because of how far away he is.

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